One thing that I noted when it was announced last year that Chris Hemsworth had been cast to play the receptionist in Kevin Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was that the casting could lead to some fun playing with the stereotypes found in many female supporting roles in genre films. And Hemsworth has confirmed that may be the case.
Since he couldn’t really talk about what is ahead for his Marvel Studios role of Thor in the about-to-go-into-production Thor: Ragnarok, Hemsworth was a bit more forthcoming about his character of Kevin while appearing this past weekend at the Wizard World Philadelphia show. Speaking to an audience of approximately four thousand, Hemsworth stated that the character of Kevin was a little unformed in his mind until he actually arrived on set for shooting last summer.
[He] kind of came alive as we got there. Because I remember talking to Paul, the director, and not really not knowing who the character was and he said, ‘That’s fine. It’s going to be a lot of improvising.’’ And we got there, and the girls and myself, and started improvising, and the character kind of took off. He’s completely wacky, and he needs to be rescued most of the time and probably does more harm than good, most of the time. Doesn’t know how to answer the phone. Just hoping to get some free-rent. He’s hoping that comes with the job, which it kind of does.
We’ve seen bits of Kevin in the various Ghostbusters trailers that have been released already and it is easy to see where he might be good-hearted but a bit dimwitted, and given what is seen in one trailer, definitely in need of being rescued at one point. Hemsworth has given performances with moments of levity to them, but this is the first time seeing him in a full on comedic role. The results should be interesting.
Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Leslie Jones and hits theaters July 15, 2016.